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It took a few engineers from Princeton and MIT, but they’ve figured out how cats drink. Apparently they rapidly hitting the water with their tongue, produce a controlled splash, then pulling a column of liquid into their mouths. It’s actually quite elegant. Humans drink by creating suction with our mouths, whereas dogs create a sorta scoop with their tongues. Cats, however, make the liquid do the work for them. This is something like their relationship with humans. I know that my family cat, Damian, actually goes the extra step of whining until humans open a faucet for him, then rapidly lapping up the water. This is one of his major pleasures in life. But I digress.